Today's green jobs are real, they're growing, they offer something for everyone and they represent a real investment in all of our futures.
Though green jobs are primarily associated with work that enhances our environment, this work also tackles social and economic issues including poverty alleviation, health and well-being, youth development, community revitalization, and cultural preservation.
Yes it's true, there's always been a lot of hullabaloo about green jobs and just what green jobs truly are (check out our breakdown by interest). But here's where the rubber meets the road: a job is a job is a job. GREEN JOBS, whether they're nonprofit jobs, farming jobs, or renewable energy jobs, ARE JOBS, real jobs! They are jobs for our veterans, construction workers, farmers, young and old. And they provide work that is improving our planet, our national security interests, our communities, our schools, our health and more -- not too shabby, eh?
So at a time when jobs are so needed, what better wave to ride than jobs that may allow so many people from all walks of life to make a living AND make a difference. Sidestep the semantic hang-ups of "what exactly is a green job" or "how green is green enough" and start figuring out, can one work for you?
To help you find and evaluate sustainable career choices and green jobs available to you, check out our guide of top picks and job finders so you can discover the right one for you.